NCWLIFE Evening News January 28, 2020

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Police say a former employee at Mission Ridge Ski Area admitted to stealing large amounts of money from the resort. A Pierce County man pleaded guilty this week to stabbing a Wenatchee tavern-goer for kissing his mother, and, A 23-year-old woman was killed and three other people were injured in a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 90 outside Ellensburg on Monday morning.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man remains in critical condition tonight after allegedly fleeing from East Wenatchee police, dousing himself in gasoline, and setting himself on fire before his vehicle came to a stop.

Quan Ho Pham is in treatment for his burns at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police believe the 48-year-old Pham is the same man who threatened two women with a machete about 8:45 p.m. Monday at the Wenatchee Valley Mall, then fled in a silver passenger car. East Wenatchee Police Chief Ray Coble explains how the incident began:

Inside the mall, Coble said, Pham made threats to the child and the mother until a bystander intervened, and then fled in the Lexus before police arrived. When police

later saw that same car traveling on Eastmont Avenue, they gave chase across the George Sellar Bridge.

Police officers extinguished the flames, and EMTs took the suspect to Central Washington Hospital before transfer to Harborview, where officials say he’s in the ICU in critical condition. If Pham survives, he’ll face likely charges of kidnapping, harassment, and eluding police. However, Coble said his condition appears dire. We’ll be following this story for you as it develops.

Police say a former employee at Mission Ridge Ski Area admitted to stealing large amounts of money from the resort.

Mary Elizabeth Peterson, who’s 47, allegedly took almost $40,000 dollars while she was employed there in 2018 and 2019, by falsifying refunds on season passes and transferring the money to her own bank accounts. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies say Peterson, who’s also known as Mary Nelson, admitted to the theft in a police interview in December, but she believed she’d only stolen about $20,000. She was manager of the Mission Ridge ticketing department from fall 2018 until she was fired last spring. She’s charged in Chelan County Superior Court with first-degree theft.

A Pierce County man pleaded guilty this week to stabbing a Wenatchee tavern-goer for kissing his mother.

Peyton Baalaer (BAY-ler), who’s 22, faces a recommended sentence of just over seven months in jail after pleaded Monday to second-degree assault. In July 2018, Baalaer stabbed a man on Wenatchee Avenue after the victim kissed Baalaer’s mother as they left a local tavern. The attack was caught on security video. Prosecutors said they’ll also recommend Baalaer spend 18 months on probation, pay restitution for the victim’s non-fatal injuries, and receive mental health treatment.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and three other people were injured in a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 90 outside Ellensburg on Monday morning.

The Washington State Patrol said about 6:18 a.m. a 2005 Chevy Avalanche being driven eastbound by 48-year-old Alfredo Calderon Diaz of Federal Way left the roadway to the left, overcorrected and rolled, causing the passengers in the rear seats to be ejected from the vehicle. One of those passengers, 23-year-old Karen Calderon Valencia, later died from her injuries at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Neither she nor the other passenger in the back seat, 18-year-old Jovanny Calderon Valencia, were wearing a seatbelt. Calderon Diaz was taken to Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg while the other three, including front-seat passenger 48-year-old Maria Calderon, were transported to Harborview. Calderon Diaz was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Coming up next, The Cashmere woman accused of killing her own elderly mother January 11th must undergo mental evaluation before she can stand trial. Douglas County PUD commissioners approved a series of rate increases Monday on residential users, data centers and cryptocurrency miners, and, we will have the story of an animal rescue that will warm your heart. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Cashmere woman accused of killing her own elderly mother January 11th must undergo mental evaluation before she can stand trial.

Anita Burgess Jones is charged with murder in Chelan County Superior Court. Deputies said she admitted to beating, strangling and stabbing 96-year-old Katherine Burgess Wiczai, who shared her Cashmere home. But Jones’ attorneys say she has a long history of mental illness, and can’t effectively communicate with them to prepare her case. She’ll undergo analysis and treatment while in custody, to learn if she can be formally arraigned February 5th.

Douglas County PUD commissioners approved a series of rate increases Monday on residential users, data centers and cryptocurrency miners.

The biggest increase will come for cryptocurrency miners, who will see their rates increase 10 percent every six months for the next five years. Data Centers will be hit with 5 percent increases on the same schedule. Residential and other commercial power customers will see 3 percent increases each year for the next five year.

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The PUD says the rate increases are needed for a $500 million repair project at Wells Dam, among other things. At the same time, PUD commissioners lifted a moratorium on new contracts with data centers and cryptocurrency miners that had been in place since last May.

Eric Braaten (BROT-en) is a Private Lands Biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and has seen all kinds of wildlife miscues driving the highways of North Central Washington. Monday was a little different, however, as he noticed something out on the ice at Banks Lake as he drove SR-155 north of Coulee City. . .

We’re happy to report that Hazel is back with her family and is warm and dry, thanks to Eric Braaten. Thanks also to Becky Holder for taking those great photos and sharing them with us.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Ballots were mailed last week for several special elections in Chelan and Douglas counties. Included on the February 11th ballot are school levies for Cashmere, Chelan, Waterville, Orondo Brewster, Bridgeport and Mansfield.

In many cases, the districts are seeking to dig out of financial holes created when the state 2018 Legislature came up with a new school funding formula in response to the successful McCleary lawsuit. In tonight’s feature story, Waterville School District Superintendent Tabatha Mires tells Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz that her district’s levy increase proposal still falls far short of what was collected prior to the McCleary decision. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

I took some time to head west last weekend to attend the Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup.  While there, I ran into a familiar face…

In the world of sports, we have a few scores to pass along from Monday…

Kim Aiken, Junior scored 20-points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, to lead Eastern Washington to an 89-84 win over Northern Colorado.

The Lady Eagles weren’t so fortunate, however, as Alisha Davis scored a career-high 21-points to lead the Golden Bears over Eastern 63-42.

We also have one high school score to pass along from last night…

The Entiat girls stopped Soap Lake last night 55-to-22.

Coming up tonight on the prep schedule, Cascade travels to Warden; Chelan hosts Okanogan; Omak is at Cashmere; and Entiat travels to Cascade Christian at 5:45.  Manson is at Liberty Bell at 6 o’clock.

On the boy’s side tonight, Cascade plays at Warden at 7:15.  That’s also the same start time for Cashmere and Omak at Ron Doane Memorial Gymnasium as well as Okanogan in Chelan.  Coming up at 7:30, Liberty Bell hosts Cascade while Entiat plays at Cascade Christian.

Earlier today, Eastmont celebrated seniors with its final home bowling match of the season…

The ladies were hosting Sunnyside at Eastmont Lanes.  At Lake Bowl in Moses Lake, the Chiefs were also wrapping up the regular season with a match against Eisenhower.

On the wrestling mats tonight…

Four Caribou Trail League teams will mix it up at Okanogan.  First, at 6 o’clock, it’s Cashmere and Okanogan while Cascade wrestles Chelan.  Then at 7, it’s Cashmere and Chelan while Cascade faces Okanogan.

In the CWAC tonight, Quincy hosts Othello while Ephrata travels to Wapato at 7 o’clock.

Here’s the lineup for the Wenatchee Wild this week…

It begins tomorrow night in Vernon where the Wild take on the Vipers at 7 o’clock.  Then on Friday, Wenatchee plays at Trail starting at 7.  Finally, on Saturday, Wenatchee returns home for Guns N Hoses Night at the Town Toyota Center as the Coquitlam Express come to town at 7:05.

Our sports broadcast schedule begins tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll have Wenatchee and Eastmont girls bowling at 7 o’clock.

Then on Thursday, Hockey Night features the Wild and Surrey at 7 followed by Eastmont and Wenatchee wrestling at 9.

Grant will be at Eastmont High School Friday night where the Wildcats host Moses Lake with the girls at 6:30 and boys at 8.

Then we’ll be at Wenatchee High Saturday night for the Panthers and Eastmont Wildcats with the girls at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:30.  It’s also Hall of Fame night at Wenatchee High, so we’ll bring you that ceremony between the games as the Panthers induct Dillon Sugg, Isaiah Brandt-Sims and Jay Young.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.